SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

Santa Barbara County leaders gathered at police headquarters in downtown Santa Barbara Tuesday to raise awareness about elder abuse.

The Santa Barbara Elder & Dependent Adult Abuse Prevention Council brought the community together to protect seniors and prevent elder abuse and neglect in the county. The Council started "Stand Up Against Elder Abuse," a campaign to get the public involved and make Santa Barbara a safer place.

Central Coast Seniors said over 2 million older Americans are abused, neglected and exploited each year. Tuesday's press briefing brought law enforcement and community members together. The Council said crimes against seniors go largely unreported and spreading the word about these crimes and how to stop is the Councils goal.

Family members of victims, Santa Barbara's Sheriff Bill Brown and District Attorney Joyce Dudley spoke at the briefing.  

For more information, visit www.CentalCoastSeniors.org or call 855-840-3232.

Slideshow: Community Leaders Come Together To End Elder Abuse

POSTED: 05:34 PM PST Feb 25, 2014 
"Stand Up Against Elder Abuse" Committed to Raise Awareness

Santa Barbara County leaders gather at police headquarters in downtown Santa Barbara to raise awareness about elder abuse.

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